Moon Knight Poised As Marvel’s Most Brutal Project Yet
With the trailer showing a better look at the upcoming Disney+ series, one thing is clear: Moon Knight is poised as Marvel’s most enigmatic and intriguing character yet. In Marvel Comics lore, Marc Spector’s Moon Knight, who will be played by Oscar Isaac on the upcoming series, has occupied a place all his own, and now he’s coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
There was an apparent air of mystery surrounding the story in the trailer. With such little known about Marc Spector, Ethan Hawke‘s villain, and the tone of the series, we learned one concrete reality about the series: Moon Knight is poised to be Marvel’s most mature project yet.
With Isaac playing a clearly distressed main character, Moon Knight will explore the Dissociative Identity Disorder that has been a constant for his comic book counterpart.
This distressing plot, partnered with the violence that is to be expected from the vigilante, has Marvel operating in uncharted territory, with a series that seems to be steering clear from a lot of the humor and lightheartedness that has come to define the current MCU.
With Marvel’s Phase Four clearly working to break down the widely held perceptions of the MCU, there seems to be a conscious effort to explore characters with themes and narratives that challenge the viewers in ways the MCU hasn’t before.
WandaVision was the first domino to fall, with its nuanced exploration of trauma, followed by Captain America and the Winter Soldier, with its exploration of racial and class inequality in the wake of a global disaster.
Then, on the big screen, the Disney+ series were followed by Eternals, with a story that explored grander themes of religious zeal, the centuries-long evolution of intelligent life, and what it means to be human. Moon Knight will surely be more akin to these ambitious, tackling subject matter much darker in tone and themes.
With the darker tone, and the incredible performances in store from acting powerhouses Isaac and Hawke, Moon Knight has the opportunity to be a tour de force- and a game-changer- for Marvel Studios.